Even the power players in the fashion industry rarely take a stance on social or political issues, so the chances of models and creative entities supporting a cause and putting their jobs and cushy brand endorsement deals on the line stand bleak. Enters Isabella Khair Hadid a.k.a Bella Hadid—the Palestinian-Dutch supermodel who despite being the face of coveted brands like Dior, Versace and Swarovski have continuously raised her voice for sensitive issues concerning women, minorities—especially Palestinians who are often left out by the mainstream media.
Owing to her activism, Bella constantly loses jobs/luxury deals and also gets labelled anti-semitic for her Pro-Palestinian stance—but that doesn’t hinder her determination to fight the good fight and also make big strides in her career. Today, as we are about to draw the curtain on fashion month for Spring/Summer 2023, Bella single-handedly emerges as the most sought-after supermodel of the moment.
Right from New York and London to Paris and Milan—Bella was a muse for most. Recently, she recreated the Shalom Harlow X Alexander MacQueen 1999 live spray paint moment with Coperni—where she walked the runway in nothing but a thong and was spray painted with polymer solution in front of a live audience. For someone who is repeatedly shadow-banned, Bella’s viral Coperni moment garnered $26.3 million in Media Impact Value according to WWD—how’s that for cementing her icon stature?
Besides breaking the internet with Coperni, Bella walked for more catwalk shows than any other supermodel and managed to open and close some of the most viewed presentations of the month. From Tom Ford in New York to Vivienne Westwood in Paris, here’s a breakdown of all of Bella’s head-turning looks from her extensive lineup.
1. Michael Kors
Keeping it sharp and sultry in Michael Kors, Bella glided down the runway in a wrap skirt, bralette and an oversized blazer.
Bringing Riccardo Tisci’s magic for Burberry to the runway one last time, Bella strutted down in a powder blue asymmetrical dress with Victorian-lacey elements and matching coloured heels.
The leader of the low-rise pack—Bella Hadid was trusted by Matthew Williams to work the dainty denim bra and straight-fit skirt for Givenchy.
4. Victoria Beckham
For Victoria Beckham’s debut Paris show, Bella Hadid the length of the venue in a moss green dress with a statement fringe bag and classic black boots.
5. Isabella Marrant
Short boho dress with centre-front crisscrossed detail and a matching shabby-chic bag—Bella Hadid was dressed by her namesake (Isabel Marant), potentially for Coachella 2023.
6. Proenza Schouler
Sticking to the signature, Proenza Schouler dressed Bella in a see-through knitwear number with an unfinished hem.
7. Thom Browne
In a wacky creation by Thom Browne, Bella made a dramatic runway entrance in a red, black and white costume style attire depicting the designer’s maximalist aesthetic.
8. Jill Sanders
Braving the rain and the storm, Bella walked for Jill Sanders in a boxy white dress with a long fringe hem, layered with a black long jacket.
Closing the Fendi show, Bella channelled retro glam in a ballet pink sheer slip dress, paired with a fluffy, faux-fur jacket—accessorised with seafoam gloves and round glasses.
10. Stella McCartney
Another day, another low-rise slay for Bella Hadid. Braving the bold trend, this time for Stella McCartney, Bella walked the colourful ramp in an all-black vest and trousers with bejewelled details on the hip bone.
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